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Your guide to choosing a perfect raincoat.
Being a lover of the outdoors means contending with wet weather every once in a while, so finding the right coat or jacket to keep you protected is key. Here at Joules, we can help you stay prepared with our collection of waterproof raincoats and jackets. With a variety of options, there’s something for everyone and every outdoor activity. Simply use this handy guide to help choose the perfect style for you.
*All MEASUREMENTS are based on a UK size 12.
Our Coast raincoat is one of those styles that once it's part of your closet you wonder how you went walking without it before. It's fully waterproof with taped seams, has a detachable hood and is one of our best-loved styles for keeping outdoor lovers everywhere dry in a downpour. First and foremost a coastal-inspired style, it's got detailing such as cord toggles, popper fastenings, a rubber Joules tab to the sleeve and a full striped cotton lining. It's a style so loveable you'll be wishing for some rain!Shop The Coast>
You'll be singing in the rain with this pretty and practical raincoat, complete with deep front pockets, a storm peak hood and longline style that's designed to protect you from the elements. We've even added a touch of Joules charm with a classic print to the hood.Shop the loxley >
Perfect for when the chill picks up, this water-resistant puffer jacket packs away into its own pocket to make sure you're always prepared, with a hood and two handy side-entry pockets. Don't worry about compromising on style either - it has flattering side seam details and a signature Joules printed lining. Part of our Right as Rain collection, the snug jacket is designed for those who won’t let a bit of rain get in the way of their day.Shop The snug >
What will be your favorite part of the Shoreside coat? The fact you can get caught in the rain without a worry, its unique-to-Joules detailing or perhaps the flattering a-line shape? Whatever your reasons are for loving it, we don’t blame you! It’s 100% waterproof with a storm-peak hood, has an adjustable drawcord waist and is complete with cord toggles for a nautical touch.Shop the Shoreside Coat >
With this waterproof wonder stashed away in its own bag, you can always be prepared for the rain and look good while doing it. The part we think you’ll love most is that the outer fabric and lining is 100% recycled polyester and has been made using recycled plastic bottles. The relaxed, longline coat is perfect for layering, and comes packed with lots of stylish features such as an adjustable hood with a storm peak to keep the wind and rain at bay, elasticated cuffs and luxury trims. Plus, in these eye-catching prints, you’re sure to stand out in any storm.Shop The waybride >
Rain, rain, don't go away (because we want to wear this jacket for a little while longer!) Our Golightly is fully waterproof, packs away into its own pocket and has an outer fabric that's 100% recycled polyester and has been made using recycled plastic bottles. The much-loved style is back with an all-new print to brighten up even the greyest of days, a hood and fully taped seams to stop the rain from soaking through. As much of a stylish choice as it is a practical one, it cinches in at the waist via the internal toggles and is finished with a flattering curved hem. Part of our Mini Me collection, this style is available for little ones too.Shop the golightly>
This waterproof and breathable coat comes with its own little bag so it can be stashed away quickly, easily and in style. But that’s not the only thing it comes with. This new relaxed fit raincoat is packed full of stylish and practical features such as an adjustable hood with a storm peak to keep out driving wind and rain, elasticated cuffs, luxury trims and a mesh lining. The slightly relaxed fit means it’s perfect for accommodating extra layers on those cooler days.Shop The helmsley >
Raincoats can keep you warm due to their added features such as a cotton lining in the hood and body. For extra warmth, wear layers underneath your raincoat such as a long-sleeved t-shirt and cozy knitted sweater.
Raincoats provide a good layer of protection from both the wind and the rain. Rain and wind are a combination that could wreak havoc on your day, so you need a good raincoat that will protect you from both. With lined hoods and bodies, our Right as Rain collection here at Joules is great for keeping the wind away, so you can go about your day, whatever the weather forecast.
Many raincoats are made of a durable mix of cotton and polyester to ensure they always do their job at keeping you dry. Here at Joules, we use a similar blend for our raincoats as polyester is a very strong material that is resistant to shrinking while still maintaining that much-needed flexibility.
To wash a raincoat, always begin with reading the care label. You can either wash a raincoat in the washing machine or alternatively, wipe it down using a damp cloth to help remove any stuck-on dirt. Always make sure the raincoat is fully dry before putting it back in your cloakroom.
Raincoats were invented in 1824 after Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh, patented a waterproof tarpaulin fabric. The fabrics unique ability to resist water meant it was the perfect material for keeping people dry and so the raincoat was born.
Check the raincoat’s care label to check whether or not it is tumble-dryer friendly. Here at Joules, we advise against tumble-drying our raincoats. Instead, try wiping them down with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture and leave them somewhere to air dry before hanging them up for your next countryside stroll.
To wash a raincoat in the washing machine, begin by checking the care label to ensure it is washing machine friendly. Next, empty the pockets and place the raincoat in the machine with some washing detergent then set to the temperature advised on the care label. Once the cycle is complete, hand the raincoat up to dry and reshape while damp.
Raincoats should be stored upright on a hook or hanger. If you get caught in a downpour, when you get back to the comfort of your home, make sure you wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth and hang it up to dry as soon as you can. It will dry relatively quickly on its own, but before putting it back in your wardrobe or cloakroom, make sure it’s completely dry to the touch.
Raincoats are waterproof due to their water-resistant outer layer which is known as the ‘face fabric’. This is usually made of nylon or polyester, and has a laminated membrane, or coating, on the back of the fabric to repel water. For a garment to be waterproof, the holes from the stitching need to be covered so no water can seep through the seams. These are known as sealed or taped seams, which all of our waterproof raincoats have.